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2013 Arts Awards Profile:

  Beulah Strickler

  This is the fourth in a series of profiles on the honorees who will be recognized at the 14th Annual Orange County Arts Awards on Tuesday, September 24 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  More information and tickets to the event here.

2013 Helena Cultural Legacy Award for Artistic Visionary


Beulah Strickler is a distinguished musician and teacher of piano and harpsichord, who made it her mission to make chamber music accessible to as many people as possible. She founded and performed with the Liberty Consort, which specialized in historical American music and made its debut in 1976, and the Renaissance Players, an early music group which gave concerts at such venues as the Getty Museum and the Huntington Library. Both ensembles also performed for thousands of elementary and high school students in Orange County.


Her most enduring legacy, however, is Fullerton Friends of Music, the oldest chamber music society in Southern California. She founded the organization in 1959, and remained its Artistic Director until 2002, when she passed the reins to her carefully chosen successor. Fullerton Friends of Music presents world-class chamber music concerts that are open to the public and free of charge. Its reputation with musicians has grown both nationally and internationally, and many have remarked on both the superb acoustics of its venue, and its knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences. The first two ensembles that performed in its six-concert 2012-2013 series were both nominated for Grammy Awards. That Fullerton Friends of Music continues in its mission after fifty-four years is due in large part to Beulah's energetic leadership and uncompromising vision.


Beulah Strickler, now 95, has received many honors and awards over the years, including the YWCA's Silver Medallion in the Creative Arts category, two community service awards from the Music Teachers Association of California, and commendations from the Orange County Centennial Committee and the Fullerton City Council. There is even a street in Fullerton, Strickler Drive, named for her. In 1999, she was named a Sterling Patron by the international professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, joining such luminaries as Dave Brubeck and Carl St. Clair.

Beulah Strickler was nominated by Fullerton Friends of Music.




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 ArtsOC Developing "Preparedness Plans" for OC's Arts Community

Arts Orange County has been working with other Southern California partners, such as the San Diego Community Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, in developing a regional Arts Responder Network, in consultation with CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund).  Survey data that ArtsOC helped collect in recent months is being reviewed as we plan our next steps in helping OC's arts community become better prepared for disaster survival and relief.


ArtsOC's early planning efforts are being aided by a grant from SDG&E's District Office.

Inexpensive Training in MS Word and Excel Offered Locally 
The GroundWork Group assists the nonprofit community with understanding, embracing and leveraging technology so that it becomes a strategic asset.  The Columbus, Ohio-based organization now has an Orange County branch that is offering affordable services, including upcoming training sessions in Microsoft Excel and Word.  More details here. 
Flying Through John Wayne Airport?  Check Out the Art!
John Wayne Airport's Arts Program was established in 1990 and has displayed more than 80 exhibitions since its debut.  It also has installed some permanent public art and hosts works by local artists and an annual student art competition. More information is available in its guide.  You may find current exhibition information here.

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